Wang Yi: The UN Must Remain a Champion of International Development

On September 21, 2017 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed in his speech at the General Debate of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly that the UN must remain a champion of international development.

Wang Yi expressed that it is important to encourage member states to seek complementarity between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and their own development strategies, eliminate hunger and poverty and leave no one behind. We must ensure equitable and inclusive quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all. We need to enhance the role of North-South cooperation as the main channel for international development cooperation while leveraging the important role of South-South cooperation.

Wang Yi pointed out that climate change bears on the sustainable development of mankind. It is crucial that the UN continues to work on the follow-ups to the Paris Agreement and urges all parties to uphold the principles of "common but differentiated responsibilities", equity and respective capabilities and to strengthen international climate cooperation.

Wang Yi expressed that the refugee issue has its origin in regional instability and uneven development. The UN must make quick response to the crisis by easing the humanitarian plight. But more importantly, it must make greater efforts to address the root causes by helping the countries and regions concerned to develop.

Wang Yi stressed that the recovery and growth of the global economy remains an arduous task. The UN should encourage all parties to promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, and build an open world economy. It is important that we seize the opportunities presented by the new round of scientific and technological revolution, stay committed to reform, pursue innovation-driven development, find new space for development and foster a new system for development.

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